Indonesia to better coordinate on Small and Medium Enterprises policies
Indonesian policy makers representing relevant ministries, key labour actors and organizations including business development services, have formulated joint intervention programmes to promote better market access and enhance application of information technology as critical steps to develop more coordinated policies and improve small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Indonesia.
During a three-day training course entitled “Productivity and Working Conditions in SMEs for Policy Makers”, from 13-16 June, the participants agreed on the enhancement of the current online SMEs platform, Fokus-umkm.com, by providing additional collaborative features such as the best practice forum, list of experts and certifications. They also agreed to promote widely the website content in other social media platforms.
“Indonesian SMEs are one of the economic pillars of the country. Around 99 per cent of the Indonesian businesses are SMEs and they are the main providers of employment in the country. Therefore, this meeting is crucial for Indonesia and its policy makers to develop and formulate more coordinated and coherent policies on SMEs,” stated Ahmad Dading Gunadi, Director of SMEs and Cooperatives in the Ministry of National Development and Planning (Bappenas).
The training course was jointly conducted by the International Labour Organization (ILO), in collaboration with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Bappenas. The course was a follow-up to similar courses conducted in Bangkok, Thailand and Turin, Italy, attended by ten and five countries, respectively.
Indonesia has been chosen as ILO’s pilot country to conduct the training to gain new ideas and innovations for policy makers on SMEs productivity and working conditions. The results of this training course will be shared at a global meeting in Latin America next year, discussing and examining findings of similar courses held nationally and globally this year.
Appraising the commitment of Indonesia, Antonio Fanelli, Senior Expert for the Global Relations Directorate of OECD Paris, said that Indonesia was a strategic partner of the OECD in the improvement of SMEs given the country’s ongoing active programmes on SMEs policies.
Meanwhile, John Summerbell, Acting Director of the Mission of Canada to ASEAN and Indonesia, emphasized the importance of creating an enabling environment for SMEs to achieve inclusive economic growth in Indonesia through the involvement of women and the promotion of gender equality, among others.